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New national modelling group to provide faster, more rigorous COVID-19...

The JUNIPER consortium (‘Joint UNIversities Pandemic and Epidemiological Research’) brings together leading mathematical and statistical modellers from seven UK universities and has received £3...

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Lab-grown ‘mini-bile ducts’ used to repair human livers in regenerative...

The research paves the way for cell therapies to treat liver disease – in other words, growing ‘mini-bile ducts’ in the lab as replacement parts that can be used to restore a patient’s own liver to...

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Q&A with Sharon Peacock, coronavirus variant hunter

Q: When did you first get the idea to set up Cog-UK? And how was it formed? In late February 2020, it dawned on me that we were going to need genome sequencing capabilities across the UK for the novel...

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Scientists launch a pre-emptive strike on deadly post-transplant infection

Around 80% of the UK population is currently infected with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and in developing countries this can be as high as 95%. The virus can remain dormant in our white blood cells...

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Identification of ‘violent’ processes that cause wheezing could lead to...

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used modelling and high-speed video techniques to show what causes wheezing and how to predict it. Their results could be used as the basis of a...

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Historian wins major journalism award for Indigenous land project

Last year, Dr Lee and co-winner Tristan Ahtone – then Indigenous Affairs editor for High Country News, now editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer – published a hard-hitting report revealing how 52...

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Cambridge institute publishes ethical framework for asymptomatic COVID-19...

The use of asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is accelerating in a range of UK settings, including in higher education institutions. The University of Cambridge introduced a weekly asymptomatic testing...

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Artificial ‘brain’ reveals why we can’t always believe our eyes

By using decades’ worth of data from human motion perception studies, researchers have trained an artificial neural network to estimate the speed and direction of image sequences. The new system,...

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Forests' long-term capacity to store carbon is dropping in regions with...

Savannah ecosystems, and regions with extreme wet or dry seasons were found to be the most sensitive to changes in fire frequency. Trees in regions with moderate climate are more resistant. Repeated...

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Single dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine reduces asymptomatic infections and...

The study by a team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and the University of Cambridge analysed results from thousands of COVID-19 tests carried out each week as part its...

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Cuttlefish show their intelligence by snubbing sub-standard snacks

The results, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, provide the first evidence of a link between self-control and intelligence in a non-primate species. To conduct the...

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Through the looking glass: artificial ‘molecules’ open door to ultrafast devices

Polaritons are quantum particles that consist of a photon and an exciton, another quasiparticle, combining light and matter in a curious union that opens up a multitude of possibilities in...

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Genomics study identifies routes of transmission of coronavirus in care homes

Care homes are at high risk of experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Older people and those affected by heart disease, respiratory disease and type 2 diabetes – all of...

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Giant 'quantum twisters' may form in liquid light

Anyone who has drained a bathtub or stirred cream into coffee has seen a vortex, a ubiquitous formation that appears when fluid circulates. But unlike water, fluids governed by the strange rules of...

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Cambridge marks International Women’s Day 2021

Events marking International Women’s Day - on March 8 - will take place across the collegiate University and its institutions, raising awareness about women’s equality, the achievements of the past...

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Diphtheria risks becoming ‘major global threat’ again as it evolves...

The researchers, led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, say that the impact of COVID-19 on diphtheria vaccination schedules, coupled with a rise in the number of infections, risk the...

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Professor Ruth Cameron receives Suffrage Science award on the scheme’s tenth...

Ten years ago, Professor Dame Amanda Fisher, Director of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (then Clinical Sciences Centre), and Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster, concocted...

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Changes can be detected in BRCA1 breast cells before they turn cancerous

The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, showed that before becoming cancerous, breast cells with the BRCA1 gene mutation undergo changes similar to those normally seen in late pregnancy. Although...

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Study highlights ‘unbridled globetrotting’ of the strangles pathogen in horses

The results, published today in the journal Microbial Genomics, provide evidence of the important role played by the movement of horses in spreading this disease, providing new opportunities for...

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World-first sustainable office retrofit begins at new CISL headquarters

The Entopia Building, a retrofitted 1930s Telephone Exchange at 1 Regent Street, Cambridge, will be transformed over the next 10 months into an ultra-low carbon sustainability hub, and new home for...

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